Inquest into Smiley Culture's death begins

Published: Thursday | June 13, 2013 Comments 0
Demonstrators outside New Scotland Yard in April 2011 march in protest of the death of David Emmanuel (also known as Smiley Culture) who died during a police raid on his Surrey home in March of that year. File
Demonstrators outside New Scotland Yard in April 2011 march in protest of the death of David Emmanuel (also known as Smiley Culture) who died during a police raid on his Surrey home in March of that year. File
Smiley Culture
Smiley Culture


LONDON (AP):

A British coroner has opened an inquest into the 2011 death of reggae star Smiley Culture, who was fatally stabbed in the heart during a police raid on his home.

Police say the London-born musician stabbed himself with a kitchen knife as four officers searched his house in March 2011, in connection with a drugs investigation.

Coroner Richard Travers told an inquest jury yesterday that police would testify that the 48-year-old musician was initially relaxed but "changed completely" and became angry and violent during the visit.

His family has called that account of events "bizarre".

Inquests are held in Britain to establish the facts about violent or unexplained deaths.

Smiley Culture (whose real name was David Emmanuel) gained fame with 1980s hits, including Cockney Translation and Police Officer.

 

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